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Entries from July 2013

Disable or Enable The Sidebar/Desktop Gadgets In Windows 7

July 31st, 2013 · 8 Comments

If you don’t use the Sidebar or Desktop gadgets in Windows 7 or if you want to turn them on, you can easily get add or remove them to reclaim some desktop space. All it takes is a simple configuration change. 1.    Open the Control Panel by clicking on the “Start” menu icon then “Control […]

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Tags: Optimizing · Software · Speeding Up

County and City governments that do not use CERTs should be ashamed.

July 24th, 2013 · No Comments

Lately I have run into two cities and one county that is crying “we need more tax money for first responders!” Yet they violently (yup I said violently) oppose CERTs and threaten to have them arrested if they show up on site. As for the show up on site issue, I have said it before, […]

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Tags: Non-Tech · Soap Box

Windows 8, quickly goes back to sleep after resuming from sleep mode

July 18th, 2013 · 1 Comment

This is a question that I have had a hard time answering and what to throw out. Windows 8 is set to go to sleep after 30 minutes, it is not set to hibernate. After waking from sleep mode, if you don’t work on the computer (type, run video or audio et al) it goes […]

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Tags: Software

Backing up for individuals and home offices

July 17th, 2013 · 2 Comments

In the previous article, I wrote on backing up I wrote about how to and what to backup if you are a micro business. Here I want to go into what I believe is needed if you have only 1 to 3 computers to backup. Much of the information is the same, so please excuse […]

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Tags: Backing up · Hard Drives

For goodness sake get a backup and another and another of your files.

July 10th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Can you tell I have run into this again lately? About a year ago, I was in the ICU room with my grandmother and I received a call from a client who could not find some pictures she wanted. It turns out her close friend had died of cancer. My client could not find the […]

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Tags: Backing up